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New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys Recap

The Dallas Cowboys had their hearts broken for the second straight week in the early 2015 NFL season, as they lost for the second consecutive time to an NFC South Division team.

Seemingly in control in the final period, the Cowboys managed to tie the score late in the fourth quarter, and actually had an opportunity to get the ball back to try for a game winning field goal. Poor clock management took that chance away from the Cowboys and it was a huge mistake.

Leaving the game tied left New Orleans Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees a chance to steal victory and that he did. A masterful drive down the field, resulted in Brees throwing his 400th touchdown in his illustrious career to give New Orleans their first win in 2015 and even the Cowboy’s record 2-2.

Carolina Panthers Vs. New Orleans Saints Recap

The unbeaten Carolina Panthers played host to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, with one noticeable factor. The Saints were without their vaunted Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees. The loss would prove to be a huge factor in this gridiron battle.

Luke McCown got the start for New Orleans, and showed well completing 31 out of 38 pass attempts, but most were short and unproductive as the Panthers defense jammed the line of scrimmage from the very beginning. McCown’s counterpart, Cam Newton was equally as efficient, but on two of Newton’s 315 yards worth of passing, he found his wide receiver for Carolina touchdowns.

Newton was clearly the star of this game as he also ran the ball successfully for another 30 plus yards of offense, one of those to finalize a 4th quarter 88 yard Panther march down the field that ate up clock and gave Carolina an 11 point lead.

McCown looked sharp in answering with a late drive of his own to pull the Saints within 5 points, but the two-point conversion failed. After a quick Carolina 3 plays and out, it looked like the Saints were going to steal a victory on enemy turf, but the 9 play 48 yard drive ended at the Panther 23 yard line with an interception, McCown's only real mistake of the day.

Carolina improved to 3-0 on the 2015 season, while the hopes of a postseason for New Orleans took a serious hit, as less than 5% of the teams to ever start winless after three weeks have made it to the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Recap

Top draft pick Jameis Winston rebounded from a poor debut to lead the Vikings to a win in New Orleans. Winston completed 14-of-21 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 23 yards and another touchdown. Winston outplayed the Saints' Drew Brees, who couldn't get much going for the New Orleans until the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay's Doug Martin gained 78 yards on the ground, helping the Buccaneers to a 139-104 advantage in rushing yards. The Saints committed three turnovers and lost yards to penalties, while Tampa Bay took 90 yards in penalties. New Orleans is off to an 0-2 start and faces a must-win game at Carolina in Week 3.
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